There was just enough room for them both at the end of the jetty.

The boy had popped into existence, occupying the space beside her. She hadn’t realised how empty it was until he was there, filling it all up. It was almost enough to make her forget that her feet were submerged in the murky lake. Almost.

‘Now lay back,’ he said. Faith didn’t protest. What else would he convince her to do? Maybe he wasn’t even real, maybe he was a wizard holding some magic power over her, maybe he was here to tell her she’d been accepted to Hogwarts.

FF - 07.03.18 - Serendipity
PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook


I may have cheated slightly this week. This beautiful photo reminded me so much of my work-in-progress that I adapted a section of it. I just couldn’t get it out of my head!

This piece was written for the Friday Fictioneers hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Addicted to Purple.

Each week a photo prompt is given and the challenge is write a flash fiction piece of no more than one hundred words.

Find other Friday Fictioneer stories here.



Author: Jennifer Kennedy

Mother, teacher and writer. I love all my jobs but writing holds a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy reading my short stories as much as I enjoy writing them!

39 thoughts on “Serendipity”

  1. Dear Jen,

    Sharing an excerpt from your WIP is never cheating. I’ve done this many times. Distilling a scene into 100 words is a terrific exercise. Good one as well.



  2. I really like the way the boy fills an empty space. “She hadn’t realised how empty it was until he was there, filling it all up.” It’s an excellent metaphor for the way significant people can come into our lives. Her complaisance in response to his instruction to lay back is both mysterious and sinister…

  3. I’m tending toward the boy being in her imagination, and I’m wondering how far her mind will wander into dreamland before she has to come back to reality 🙂

  4. An interesting snippet. Most of us have had a void to fill at sometime in our life. Best of luck for the work in progress.

  5. I liked your footnote, the photo this week awoke a sleeping story in my mind. Ouch

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